How Long Have You Owned A Guitar?

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  1. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    My first good guitar is my Gibson ES 335 and I've owned it since 1969 (51 years).
     
  2. Far Rider

    Far Rider Hendrixian VIP Member

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    I have a Yamaha acoustic that just turned 40.
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    The calendar says I've owned my Takamine EF-340 36 years, in October.
     
  4. junk notes

    junk notes Well-Known Member

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    As a young lad, I still have my Teisco Del Rey, somewhat similar to this one.

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    edit: Even has a whammy :yesway:
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    for as long as ive been playing.
     
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    Vinsanitizer Forum Support Spec. Double Platinum Supporting Member VIP Member

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    I still have my MIJ '72 Reissue Strat which I bought new in 12/1992. So it'll be 28 years old in 12/2020.
     
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    SkyMonkey Well-Known Member

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    The first guitar I remember in the house was a 3/4 scale classical. It never got played.
    The next one was a catalogue guitar my older brother got. A Satellite Les Paul copy. It never got played.
    I started playing in about 1989. All my early guitars got traded.
    I finished making a Music Man Stingray copy and a Charvel Model 4 set-neck copy at a music college in Leeds in 1992.
    Those 2 guitars will always be with me.
    So 28 years and counting.

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  8. Iron1

    Iron1 Active Member

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    My first was a super crappy Aria Pro II strat I bought in 1985 - total junker. Got my first "real" guitar 2 years later when I picked up an NJ B.C. Rich Mockingbird. That sucker neck dove like it was bobbing for apples, so I replaced it with a really nice Charvel (San Dimas? Maybe...?) that I stupidly sold for way less than it was worth to pay rent at the first place I ever paid rent. A few years later I got a '94 Ibanez RG470 (the one in my profile pic) brand new and kept it til 2015. Up to that point I'd never had more than 2 guitars at once.

    Then I started writing/recording songs at home and decided I needed multiple guitars to get multiple tones (to mimic dual guitar bands) and a buddy soon turned me onto 7 strings.

    Now I have a 91 MIJ Ibanez S540LTD (with custom paint job), a 2017 Schecter KM-6 (both loaded with Elysian Trident II pickups), a 2015 LTD Anniversary Edition H7 (with EMGs swapped for Duncan Custom/59 set), a heavily modded 2017 Jackson JS22-7 (Dimarzio Imperium pickups, Schaller locking tuners, Hipshot bridge and custom paint job) and a few BC Rich NJ Warlocks I'm flipping. Oh, and an Ibanez SR305e bass for recording...

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    Biff Maloy Well-Known Member

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    I have a 1982 Gibson Explorer i bought in 1987. Had a Kramer Pacer prior to that one but it didn't stick with me. Second place is a Stratocaster Plus Deluxe i bought new in 1991.
     
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    An Alverz acoustic going on 20 years now!
     
  11. Scumback Speakers

    Scumback Speakers Well-Known Member

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    I'm had my 68 LP Custom since July, 1975...so 45 years and counting?
     
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    KraftyBob Well-Known Member

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    My Harmony Marquis Les Paul copy going on about 40 years now.
     
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    I bought my '64 ES330TDC in 1968. It's the only guitar I've kept forever.

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    My '72/'54 Limited Edition LP that my parent bought for me in '73, so 47 years?

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    Got my LP Custom in '78 and Standard in '79. Still have them
     
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    Wow. I look at some of the guitars here and am certainly humbled, but not the least bit ashamed of the guitar I've owned the longest. Mine is a Davison that was a gift a little more than 2 1/2 years ago. I didn't really start learning to play it until a year and a half ago. It's pictured below as I first received it. I like that the selling point is that it's available in many colors. It's been entirely rebuilt and refinished since then - it's the one in my profile picture, and I love it and will never part with it. I've got better guitars now - a Gibson and a couple Fenders, but it will always be #1 in my heart.
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    56 Years! A Sears acoustic guitar that my dad got me when was 5 years old! That guitar taught my fingers how to bleed but I learned to play on it!
     
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    I've owned an Epi Les Paul since 2001. That's my oldest that I still have.
     
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    1985. I built my first guitar in 1987. I still have that one.
     
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    RCM 800 Well-Known Member

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    Been playing since around 85 but my oldest guitar is from the early 90's. Jackson import RR V. Always wanted one because they looked cool and it was Randy's model. Never play it because its so poorly balanced and weird ergonomics. The guitars prior to that were traded or sold.
     

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